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The Problem with Boys: Beyond the Backlash


reviewed by Amanda Keddie November 17, 2009

coverTitle: The Problem with Boys: Beyond the Backlash
Author(s): Wayne Martino, Michael D. Kehler, and Marcus Weaver-Hightower
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 1560236833, Pages: 290, Year: 2009
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The narratives of heterosexism, homophobia, and racism within The Problem with Boys’ Education: Beyond the Backlash (2009) are disturbingly familiar. Decades of gender and social equity research and reform within and beyond western schooling contexts has made visible how these narratives constrain the schooling experiences of students and teachers. However, as this book comprehensively details, such narratives continue to be embedded in education policy and schooling practice. A white, heterosexualized masculinity continues to be the taken-for-granted and invisible center against which all others are judged. Like much (pro)feminist work before it, The Problem with Boys’ Education illuminates the injustices framing this “center” and calls for a move Beyond the Backlash against progressive and feminist gains in education. In particular, this edited collection provides further insight into the dire impacts of heterosexism, homophobia, and racism on students’ and teachers’ school lives and the ways in which public and policy discourse and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 17, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15839, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 2:24:47 PM

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  • Amanda Keddie
    Griffith University
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    AMANDA KEDDIE is a Research Fellow within the Griffith Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University (Queensland Australia). Her broad research areas focus on gender, schooling, and social justice. Amanda has published extensively in these areas.
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